Texas College and Career Readiness Network

Texas College and Career Readiness Network Digest

    A College and Career Newsfeed for the State of Texas        Issue 3 | November 2013

Meeting in San Antonio Addresses House Bill 5's  
HB5Additional Provision

Under House Bill 5, every high school statewide must begin offering a college-preparatory class in the content areas of mathematics and English/language arts beginning in the 2014 - 2015 school year to seniors who are projected to need to complete remedial classes before entering credit-bearing courses.


A meeting held October 18, 2013, among San Antonio's Bear County ISD representatives, representatives for Alamo Colleges and UTSA, and a Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board director served to develop a plan to implement this statewide provision by the fast-approaching deadline.  


Accelerate Texas Makes Strides in Adult Education


Accelerate Texas streamlines the ABE programs
in their colleges and in partnershipATX
communities, so that adult learners receive contextualized basic education, GED preparation, and English as a Second Language as needed, along with technical training - students come out ready to begin work in their prospective fields or postsecondary education. 


 "Among the first 14 colleges, more than 1900 students have completed a workforce training certificate with value in their regional labor market," explained Dr. Linda Mu�oz, THECB Senior Program Director of Developmental & Adult Education. 
KPARKKingwood Park High School Excels in  
College and Careeer Readiness


Humble Independent School District's Kingwood Park High School (KPARK) is home of a rich college ready culture, where educational leaders are finding an increase in overall school college readiness. 
KPARK students are taught skills and provided tools that maximize rigor in all their classrooms. Students are engaged in note-taking, tutorials, and even guided through the college preparation process.
TXCCRN Announces New Homepage

Examples of the new easy-to-use features now available include:
  • The most recent top college and career readiness newsfeed    
  • Spotlight Events that are around the corner
  • New and static "Submit Your Event" and "Join Our Mailing" list buttons that are one click away on each page!


Check out the new look and let us know what you think

Professional Development Spotlight Events

November 11 - 15, 2013 
Accelerate TEXAS WeekATXweek
Accelerate TEXAS Week salutes efforts to help 
ABE students succeed in college

Alamo Community College District, Amarillo Community College, Austin Community College, Blinn College, Coastal Bend College, El Centro College, El Paso Community College, Hill College,
 Houston Community College, Laredo Community College, Lone Star College District, San Jacinto College, South Texas College, Southwest Texas Junior College, Tarrant County College District,
 Texarkana College, Texas State Technical College, Tyle Junior College, Victoria College &Wharton County Junior College.

Don't miss the opportunity to receive information and resources to 
help ABE students succeed in your area! View event details today. 



All Community 

Education Service
Center 20
Education Service
Center 20

November 12


THECB & ATX Colleges
 Community College
Leaders welcome!
1:00 PM CST
November 13 - 14

Elevating Student Learning:
PK - Beyond
All Education Leaders 

November 20

Education Leaders
9:00 AM - NOON
Education Leaders

Contact the Texas College and Career Readiness Network to submit an activity ospotlight event that promotes college readiness in Texas! It will be featured in the TXCCRN calendar for educators
across the state of Texas to see!

The Texas College and Career Readiness Network Digest is a monthly newsletter focused on college and career readiness in Texas.

The Texas College and Career Readiness Network Digest is part of the TXCCRN, which is sponsored by a Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board grant to the University of Houston.

Amy Williams, aewilliams10@uh.edu

Special Thanks to:
Tori Austin, ESC 20; HB5 Committee
Linda Mu�oz , THECB
HazelAnne Prescott, Kingwood Park High School 

Contributing Editors:
Jo Anne Davis-Jones, jadavis-jones@central.uh.edu
Chris Cheatham, ccheatham@uh.edu
Heidi Kennedy, hkennedy@uh.edu
                   Inspiration         Exploration         Information        Application

In This Issue



College and Career Readiness Headlines

Education Week
Inside Higher Ed
October 30, 2013
Houston Chronicle
October 25, 2013
US News & World
October 17, 2013
College's Success
My San Antonio
October 10, 2013
North Texas eNews
October 10, 2013
Texas Tribune
October 7, 2013
Visit our newsroom to read more about CCR in the news.

Notable Statistics

At least 60% of jobs in Texas will require a career certificate or college degree by 2020

19.3% of Texans over age 25 do not have a high school diploma or GED

23% qualify for adult education, but only 3% currently receive them (112,000 out of 3.6 million in 2011, according to the American Communities Survey)

19% do not have a high school diploma or GED
These statistics are brought to you by Accelerate Texas. View more information about how Accelerate Texas is working to improve these figures here